Little League World Series Baseball 2009

Game review by
Jeff Paramchuk, Common Sense Media
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Kid baseball slides into home with simple controls.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Being a team sport, baseball helps show that one person's performance is not enough to make a team win. The game demonstrates the positive aspects of playing on a sports team.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Teammates are shown as all working towards one goal, and no one can do it alone. There are a few negative role models in the game such as the boasting when hitting a homerun.

Ease of Play

The game features a few different options for the ease of play, ranging from automatic fielding (where only a flick of the wrist is required to throw the ball) to specific button presses for fielding at a specific base. Batting and pitching are fairly straightforward and with minimal practice kids can start getting some hits and having fun.

Violence & Scariness
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Consumerism

Advertisements for real worth sports equipment manufacturers are included in the game, but they are implemented in a realistic way as billboards on fences and the like.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this family-friendly take on the baseball genre is a fun and exciting game for kids of all ages. The controls for the title can be customized for any level of player, and the game lengths are not so long as to bore gamers. Featuring highly exaggerated cartoon character designs, the game injects fun into big hits, great catches, and even adds a small minigame when sliding into bases.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byFourfive August 5, 2009

This game is great

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Kid, 9 years old October 24, 2010

LLWS2009

I love this Game The best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What's it about?

LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL 2009 is a very basic title which allows players to enter their favorite team into the classic tournament of Little Leaguers. Using the Wii Remote, players can control the type of pitch, the direction and strength of their swing when at bat, and even the location they wish to slide into when attempting to get that extra base. The game features the classic tournament mode as well as single game play for those seeking a shorter session. Additionally, a series of six skill-based challenges are also here to help hone your skills and unlock additional skill cards that can be used to boost players mid-game.

Is it any good?

Little League 2009 is a solid baseball title for the Wii. The colorful characters and fields help keep the Little League style intact, and the included commentary adds a nice level of depth to the title. The skill card collection will encourage players to get better and play more; and the customization options will help players from becoming bored with the game. Players might notice that pitching controls not as precise as one would hope, but this is a minor issue in this otherwise fun kid baseball title.

The DS version of Little League 2009 features the same type of tournament gameplay, but with a completely different control scheme. Pitching involves tracing specific routes on the screen for different pitch types, and batting takes a well timed swipe of the stylus in order to get a good hit. For play on the go, the DS version is quite well done and features the same graphical style as the Wii version. Multiplayer is available on the DS providing you have additional Nintendo DS systems around; however you can play some modes with only a single cartridge which is a nice touch for multi-DS households.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Even though the advertisements are subtle and very focused on sports players, they still exist in the game. Is this a good or bad thing to expose young gamers to? Do you think this kind of selling works?

  • Why did you choose a particular player as your star player?  And will you choose to level up all teammates equally, or choose to focus on one more than others?

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